Three Ways To Wear: Pink ‘N Pleated

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s finally Thursday, which means I finally get to share this week’s three-ways-to-wear styling challenge! Whoo hoo!

I am a huge fan of light pink and pleated apparel, so when I spotted this skirt at Forever 21…it was love at first sight! Before purchasing  this pink ‘n pleated skirt, I thought to myself…How many different ways can I style this? Will I get a lot of wear out of it? Well, off the top of my head, I was able to create six different looks! Ah! How fabulous?! And for this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am going to show y’all three of those–y’all will have to come back next Thursday to see the final three *wink*

Way One:

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 Blouse: Express, Johnson City Mall

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson CityMall

Shoes: BCBG, Belk

Necklaces: BluKatDesign

Handbag: (see blog here)

Way Two:

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Blouse: Target

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson City Mall

Pearls: Personal vintage collection

Bracelets/Earrings: Jules B, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Boots: Nine West, Belk, Asheville [North Carolina] Mall

Way Three:

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Vest: VIP DIY

Blouse: Cynthia Rowley, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson City Mall

Earrings: Jules B, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Necklace: Avon

Heels: BCBG, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Wonder Woman at Founders Park

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Hey y’all! 

Phew…I just got back to Johnson City after a quick business + shopping trip to Birmingham. I have so many super fabulous things to share with y’all on upcoming blogs–Oh. My. Goodness. I am so excited to start scheduling the posts and photo shoots! *squeal* Now, before I spill the awesome beans about all the new items coming to VIP…let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle.

Note: All of these lovely photos were taken at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Stay tuned to my Real Media column, The Adventures of the VIP, for an upcoming article about the marvelous details + pictures of the public art walking tour and ribbon cutting :)

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Tee: Old Navy

Skirt: Express

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Necklace: Mark by Avon

BLOOPER: The photographer was taking a few light test shots...and snapped this beauty of a blooper of my mom and me. *Note to Mom: please don't hate me for sharing this photo on the World Wide Web *wink**
BLOOPER: The photographer was taking a few light test shots…and snapped this beauty of a blooper of my mom and me. *Note to Mom: please don’t hate me for sharing this photo on the World Wide Web *wink**
AND....the train. So fascinating *wink*
AND….the train. I should be a railway model…ya’ get it*wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Daring To Be Different

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Hello, fabulouses, today I would like to introduce the new VIP motto, ” Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.” with a little artistic photography post. Let us celebrate and start the new year off with the motivation to be who we truly are–Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.

Do not be scared–Be Daring! Do not be timid–Be Fabulous!  Do not get Entangled by the NormBe You!

Daring To Be Different

by Everlife

My first thought said
With no line, you’ll get lost this time
If you don’t know where you’re going
My second thought said
It’s okay, okay to change
It’s time you started growing

So there I stood without a clue
My head tried to tell me what to do
My heart started playing tug-of-war
Like it’s out of my hands

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To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

The whole world tells me
If I choose wrong
I won’t belong
I better make the right decision
But what they do and
What they say
Are not the same
They’re a spinning contradiction

It’s just the old that they call new
Dizzy from all the points of view
Closing my eyes while breathing in
Look up, let go, no hands

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To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

Different, different

To be fearless when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

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Necklace: Handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O’Cain) from my grandmother’s buttons (Visit BluKat’s Shop here)

Headpiece: Avon, mark. “Go For Baroque” necklace (get the look here)

Lipstick: Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham, Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait M25 Colere (get the look here)

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. (get the look here) Stacked

Midi-Rings: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton (get the look here)

Necklace: handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O'Cain) from my grandmother's buttons.  Headpiece: Necklace from Avon

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Top It Off With a Blazer

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Hello, fabulouses! Did you miss yesterday’s 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfit? Click here to see the 5th outfit of the challenge!

Now, how can you take yesterday’s bright floral outfit from play to work in a snap? Simply top it off with a blazer! Come on, I’ll show you! Time to get fabulous!

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Blazer: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Shirt: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Skirt: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Necklace: Avon

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Accessories Challenge: First Strapless Dress of Summer!

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Hello, VIP fashionistas! Let’s kick off this amazing week with an amazing VIP Accessories Challenge! For those of you who are just now joining me on my blogging adventure…or for those of you who simply forgot what a VIP Accessories Challenge is–don’t nod your head no…it’s okay–we all forget things–especially me. I forget to take my laundry upstairs pretty much every single day–Anyway…an Accessories Challenge is where I take one outfit and swap out ONLY accessories to create a variety of looks with ease! Oh….fashionistas can never have too many accessories!

Now, without further ado…I present to you the VIP’s Accessories Challenge with a sunshine yellow strapless dress from Deep South Pout in Starkville, Mississipp! Whoo hoo!

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VIP TIP:

Mixing metallics is a fun and easy way to create a superbly chic look that adds pizazz to any and all summer ensembles! Who said you cannot mix gold and silver together? Well…it was not the VIP!

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 Dress: Deep South Pout

Belt: Personal Vintage Collection (Truth is…I took it out of my mom’s closet…shhh…)

Heels: Avon

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Bracelet: Belk–Trussville, AL

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VIP TIP:

A sassy twist to any floor-length strapless dress is color blocked sandals! Beating the summer heat has never been so stylish! Thanks, Gus Mayer, for a wonderful selection of spectacular sandals!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Sandals: Circus by Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Peach Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Green & Turquoise Bracelet: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Necklaces:  Personal Vintage Collection (aka my mom’s closet)

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VIP TIP:

Tie up floor-dusting dresses to create a more casual style that is perfect for a coffee trip!…let’s admit it…we all love and NEED our Starbucks runs, BUT we gotta’ look super cute!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Vest: VIP DIY–Click here to see the very first VIP DIY!

Sandals: Circus by: Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Belt: Target

Glasses: BCBG MazAzria (yes, these are my REAL glasses.)

Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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VIP TIP:

I will throw in a personal testimony for all of my blonde readers out there! I was a tad bit nervous to wear this luscious yellow dress because I was afraid it would clash and look terrible with my blonde hair…BUT it doesn’t–it looks fabulous! At the end of the day, blondes can sport yellow–I am not really sure who told me they couldn’t….hmm…

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Vest: VIP DIY

Heels: OBT, Gus Mayer

Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP “Snazzy Shorts that Stop Traffic”: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/15/the-adventures-of-the-vip-history-lesson-snazzy-shorts-that-stop-traffic/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn